Mainstream Media Is Spreading Fake News About Marijuana Killing a Baby

(ANTIMEDIA) —This week the news cycle was flooded with mainstream headlines suggesting doctors were claiming have discovered the first marijuana overdose.

“Doctors claim baby’s 2015 death was caused by marijuana overdose,” a Fox News headline claimed.

“Baby boy is first marijuana overdose death, doctors claim,” wrote AOL and the New York Daily News.
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So, Is CBD Legal Or What? (Alternet)

 via Alternet

Highlights:

  • The FDA has issued more warning letters to hemp CBD companies for making unsubstantiated medical claims.
  • A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicated that 69 percent of hemp CBD products tested did not contain the amount of cannabidiol indicated on the label.
  • Sporadic police raids continue to target CBD retailers in several states.
  • A legal battle over the status of hemp-derived CBD looms in federal court.

A series of police raids in North Dakota has set the stage for a courtroom showdown regarding the legal status of cannabidiol (CBD), the non-intoxicating cannabis component with significant medical properties. Thus far, it’s not going well for purveyors of the claim that hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 U.S. states.
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Sessions: Obama marijuana policy remains in effect; agrees that cannabis is not as dangerous as heroin

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How a 12 Year Old Girl Could Cause Cannabis to Be Legalized Nationwide

  
(ANTIMEDIA) — A twelve-year-old girl with epilepsy is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice, and the Drug Enforcement Agency to legalize cannabis across the country.

Alexis Bortell developed epilepsy at the age of seven, and FDA-approved medications failed to improve her condition. She suffered from multiple seizures per day, and doctors were considering brain surgery.

“Nothing she tried worked,” the suit, filed in the Southern District of New York, states. But when she tried whole plant cannabis oil, she experienced “immediate relief from her seizures.” She uses a strain called “Haleigh’s Hope,” which comes in the form of liquid THC drops she takes twice a day.

“I’d say it’s a lot better than brain surgery,” she said.
Her family moved from Texas to Colorado so she could access the medicine, and she has been seizure-free for two-and-half years. Her father maintains a five-acre farm of plants the family uses to produce her medicine.

However, Alexis cannot travel to states where the plant is still illegal, including Texas, because she cannot bring her medication with her. She says she would like to attend college in Texas but, as it stands, would be arrested for using cannabis in her home state, as well as many others around the country.

“I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home,” she also said.

The federal government continues to classify cannabis as a Schedule I drug, a category that denotes “high potential for abuse” and “no currently accepted medical use” despite mounting evidence to the contrary. Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to demonize the plant, and arrests for cannabis remain staggeringly high despite recent legalization efforts around the country.

“As it pertains to cannabis, the (Controlled Substances Act) is irrational and thus unconstitutional,” Bortell’s attorney, Michael Hiller, told Fox 31 Denver. He added that the government has “made a representation that cannabis has medical application for the treatments of Parkinson`s Disease, HIV-induced dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and yet at the same time the United States government maintains that there is absolutely no medical benefit for the use of cannabis. That is of course absurd.”

Bortell is joined by “another child, a military veteran, a marijuana advocacy group and former Broncos player Marvin Washington, who played on the 1998 Super Bowl-winning team,” Fox 31 summarized.

The federal government has already unsuccessfully attempted to have the case dismissed.

Denver attorney Adam Foster represents cannabis businesses and said it’s unlikely the suit will be successful. “Whenever you sue the government, the deck is really stacked against you,” he said. But he also acknowledged the federal government will likely struggle to prove cannabis has no medical value.

Regardless, the suit highlights the ever-growing wave of opposition to the federal government’s continued war on cannabis, especially in light of the increasing number of Americans who find relief with it.
 

Smoking Marijuana Causes ‘Complete Remission’ of Crohn’s Disease, No Side Effects, New Study Shows

From Blooms Mag

Marijuana – scientific name “cannabis” – performed like a champ in the first-ever placebo-controlled trial of the drug to treat Crohn’s Disease, also known as inflammatory bowel disease.

The disease of the digestive tract afflicts 400,000 – 600,000 people in North America alone causing abdominal pain, diarrhea (which can be bloody), severe vomiting, weight loss, as well as secondary skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, tiredness, and lack of concentration.

Smoking pot caused a “complete remission” of Crohn’s disease compared to placebo in half the patients who lit up for eight weeks, according to clinical trial data to be published the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Researchers at Israel’s Meir Medical Center took 21 people with intractable, severe Crohn’s disease and gave 11 of them two joints a day for eight weeks. “The standardized cannabis cigarettes” contained 23 percent THC and 0.5 percent CBD (cannabidiol). (Such marijuana is available on dispensary shelves in San Francisco, Oakland, and other cities that have regulated access to the drug.) The other ten subjects smoked placebo cigarettes containing no active cannabinoids.

Investigators reported that smoking weed caused a “complete remission” of Crohn’s Disease in five of the 11 subjects. Another five of the eleven test subjects saw their Crohn’s Disease symptoms cut in half. Furthermore, “subjects receiving cannabis reported improved appetite and sleep, with no significant side effects.”

The study is the first placebo-controlled clinical trial to assess the consumption of cannabis for the treatment of Crohn’s, notes NORML. All of the patients had intractable forms of the disease and did not respond to conventional treatments. Still, the United States government claims that marijuana is as dangerous as heroin and has no medical use. U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag is waging a war on safe access to medical cannabis in the Bay Area.

Will 2018 Finish the War on Weed?

CBD, THC, and cancer

Originally published on the Daily Beast.

Marijuana Fights Cancer and Helps Manage Side Effects, Researchers Find

Mounting evidence shows ‘cannabinoids’ in marijuana slow cancer growth, inhibit formation of new blood cells that feed a tumor, and help manage pain, fatigue, nausea, and other side effects.
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